Cryptic crossword - The Scotsman 07/09/15

07/09/15
07/09/15
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Monday’s puzzle

ACROSS

1 It’s second nature to gain influence (4)

3 Training by working out for performing (10)

10 Put no faith in girl’s reputation (9)

11 Did a student start to praise up one trainee? (5)

12 Choose to take the Spanish before European court (5)

13 Groups put out EP in charts (8)

15 Rooks have to abandon church before Sunday (7)

17 Reckon to drink, and pretend to finish it (7)

19 Although cold and undercooked, went ahead on hands and knees (7)

21 Might he stimulate a runner to take on English runner, right at the end? (7)

22 Get a grip, to satisfy court action (8)

24 Not confined to ladies and gents, at the end (5)

27 In fact, a plant specialist left some valuable fibre (5)

28 Before first degree, 11 across got the ball rolling (9)

29 Tossed hay in gardens growing some shrubs (10)

30 Look after prime target, each new day (4)

DOWN

1 Did team turn out to have an unexpected result? (4-6)

2 Heard I’ll find a way to the altar (5)

4 Waters down drinks, having cut small discounts (7)

5 Use a short, broad sword to penetrate the French ship (7)

6 Popular place to feed in data (5)

7 Assuming command, one man got through promises to pay (9)

8 Common girl left after American soldier on line (4)

9 Give little credit, at one time, to a state in dire straits (8)

14 Favoured defender over one back, initially (10)

16 Was exhausted when abandoned in desert by day (9)

18 Did mail crop up in broadcast? (8)

20 Is approaching tie in good order (7)

21 One man took girl back to the States (7)

23 Did a Greek character get into the reserves? (5)

25 Is feeling fantastic when out and about (5)

26 Greet good hand, so is as happy as can be (4)